S R Mohanty is new Chief Secretary

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Jan 2019 12:23:20


Staff Reporter,

As was expected, State Government appointed Sudhi Ranjan Mohanty as new Chief Secretary of State on Monday. His appointment comes in the wake of superannuation of tenure of incumbent Chief Secretary B P Singh who retired on Dec 31.

Mohanty is an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officer of the 1982 batch. Before elevation to Chief Secretary’s post, he was serving as Chairman of Board of Secondary Education. He is known for straight forward working style and result-oriented work.

It was for the last many days that name of Mohanty was creating ripples for Chief Secretary’s post. Along with him, names of some other senior IAS officers were also doing the rounds for top bureaucrat post. But Mohanty’s name surpassed all other contenders.

Born on March 22, 1960, Mohanty holds a BA Hons. in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. The first posting of Mohanty came in the form of Assistant Collector, Sarguja in 1983. He has been Collector Balaghat, Satna and Indore. Mohanty has been Managing Director MARKFED and Commissioner Public Relations. After being the Comptroller, Government Press, Commissioner Women and Child Development, he was Secretary, Public Health and Family Welfare, Member Secretary, State Planning Commission, Secretary Planning and Economic Statistics Department and Secretary, New and Renewable Energy Department.

Mohanty has also been Principal Secretary and Additional Chief Secretary in the  Department of School Education and New and Renewable Energy Department. He has been holding the post of Chairman Board of Secondary Education since February 2015. During his service period, Mohanty has received training from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi, NIRD Hyderabad as well as from London on financial management, management of development activities etc. Now he will be having the daunting task to implement the promises made by Congress in its Vachan Patra as Chief Minister Kamal Nath has already said that Government will function by keeping Vachan Patra of Congress in mind.

Already, Congress Government, on its first day itself, has waived off farmers’ loan upto Rs 2 lakh. Now pooling up resources to fulfill the farmer loan waiver would be a daunting task before the Chief Secretary and Government as well.